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We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS NOW: Ethics Columnist Randy Cohen to Make a Big Think Guest Appearance

May 4, 2011, 3:23 PM

No one knows more about life's ethical dilemmas than Randy Cohen. After spending over a decade answering readers' questions for the New York Times Magazine column The Ethicist, Cohen has fielded thousands of queries regarding everything from whether it's O.K. to move to higher-priced unoccupied seats at a ball game, to whether we're obligated to blow the whistle on a friend's cheating spouse.

Over the next week, Big Think invites you to pose your ethical questions to Randy Cohen by responding in the comments section below or by emailing them to info@bigthink.com. Cohen will answer five of the most thought-provoking submissions during his upcoming Big Think video appearance and his responses will be released on Fridays over a period of five weeks. Check back on May 27th for the first of Cohen's ethical explorations. 



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